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implicate

[im-pli-keyt] /ˈɪm plɪˌkeɪt/
verb (used with object), implicated, implicating.
1.
to show to be also involved, usually in an incriminating manner:
to be implicated in a crime.
2.
to imply as a necessary circumstance, or as something to be inferred or understood.
3.
to connect or relate to intimately; affect as a consequence:
The malfunctioning of one part of the nervous system implicates another part.
4.
Archaic. to fold or twist together; intertwine; interlace.
Origin of implicate
1530-1540
1530-40; < Latin implicātus past participle of implicāre to interweave, equivalent to im- im-1 + plicā(re) to ply2 + -ātus -ate1
Related forms
unimplicated, adjective
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  • This was a clear case of mutiny, and the only one in which I was ever implicated.

    Ned Myers James Fenimore Cooper
  • He recollected that Ingram was implicated in the recital and could not be kept out.

    Cleo The Magnificent

    Louis Zangwill
  • Rossi in particular, whom he has implicated in a serious conspiracy.

    The Eternal City Hall Caine
  • The woman, however, was not implicated, and her reputed lover escaped.

    One Of Them Charles James Lever
  • Escaping, he was believed to be a rebel spy, and so implicated you.

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    Charles King
British Dictionary definitions for implicated

implicate

/ˈɪmplɪˌkeɪt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to show to be involved, esp in a crime
2.
to involve as a necessary inference; imply: his protest implicated censure by the authorities
3.
to affect intimately: this news implicates my decision
4.
(rare) to intertwine or entangle
Derived Forms
implicative (ɪmˈplɪkətɪv) adjective
implicatively, adverb
Word Origin
C16: from Latin implicāre to involve, from im- + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for implicated

implicate

v.

early 15c., "to convey in a fable;" c.1600, "intertwine, wreathe," from Latin implicatus, past participle of implicare "to involve, entwine" (see implication). Meaning "involve a person in a crime, charge, etc.," is from 1797. Related: Implicated; implicating.

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